Flagship Skoda Enyaq Sportline iV 80x unveiled

Flagship Skoda Enyaq Sportline iV 80x unveiled

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Flagship Skoda Enyaq Sportline iV 80x unveiled

Range-topping battery-powered SUV gets different chassis tune and sportier styling to reflect punchy dual-motor powertrain

Skoda has released pictures and full information for its new Enyaq Sportline iv 80x that will become the range-topping variant of its battery-powered SUV offering, at least until the sportiest RS arrives. Coming equipped with two electric motors that drive each axle, total power for the Enyaq Sportline iv 80x is 195kW and 425Nm of torque, a healthy increase over the two 60-series variants that produce 132kW/310Nm and 150kW/310Nm. Unsurprisingly, the extra power has had a big impact on performance with the 0-100km/h time falling to 6.9 seconds, although top speed is identical to the rear-drive, as it’s limited at 160km/h. Later on, a faster RS version will be introduced that gets 225kW/460Nm that’s even quicker and capable of a 0-100km/h dash in 6.2 seconds and a 180km/h top speed. Powering the 80x is a 77kWh lithium-ion battery that provides for a 460km range and is compatible with 125kW DC fast charging that can top up the batteries from 5 to eighty per cent full in 38 minutes.

Available with the Sportline trim, that’s also offered on lesser models, the Enyaq Sportline iv 80x gets a sportier chassis tune that sees it sit 15mm lower at the front and 10mm at the rear, with specific springs and dampers. As an option, the firm’s variable ratio steering and adaptive dampers will also be available. Outside, you’ll pick-out the Enyaq Sportline iv 80x as it come with gloss black highlights for the grille, front bumper air curtains, door mirrors, window frames, roof rails, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. The Sportline also gets LED matrix headlamps, plus a different front bumper that incorporates a larger intake, honeycomb grille and chin spoiler. Large 20-inch alloy rims are standard, but bigger 21s are also an option. Inside, the Enyaq Sportline iv 80x bags a three-spoke steering wheel, sport seats, 13-inch infotainment system and a leather-style wrapped dash. Finally, a black headliner, aluminium pedals and dashes of carbon-fibre trim complete the sporty updates.

Options for the flagship pure-electric Skoda include a heads-up display, self-parking feature and semi-autonomous cruise.

On sale next year, it’s rumoured Skoda is out to beat VW as the first of the Volkswagen Group to launch its next-generation battery-electric vehicles to launch in Australia, pipping both the ID.3 hatch and ID.4 SUV to sale. Prices Down Under are expected closer to its 2022 debut but it’s tipped the cheapest rear-drive versions will be available from around $60,000.

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